Speed Limits in Philippine Toll Expressways

Tolled expressways, despite the required toll fees, remain the preferred highway for travelers who wish to bypass traffic jams and enjoy high speed, greater safety, comfort and convenience. These roads, like the free-to-use highways, actually do have speed limits as well. These speed limits are imposed in order to avoid road crashes and ensure the safety of travelers—both drivers and passengers—while on the expressways. 

Naturally, when we talk about “speed limits” in expressways, we mean not only the maximum but also the minimum speed, as driving too slow can also pose as much risk as driving too fast. Fortunately, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) is quite clear about the minimum and maximum speed limits for major expressways in the country. As a reminder, we’d like to share these limits with you.

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Speed Limits in Philippine Toll Expressways

Listed below are the minimum and maximum speed limits imposed by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and implemented by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in the different toll expressways in the country. 

 Minimum Maximum
For Bus and TrucksFor Cars
Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expresway (TPLEx)60 kph100kph
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx)60 kph100 kph
North Luzon Expressway (NLEx)60 kph80 kph100 kph
Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx)60 kph80 kph100 kph
NAIA Expressway (NAIAx)60 kph
Skyway Stage 1 & 2 (Alabang-Buendia)60 kph80 kph100 kph
South Luzon Expressway (SLEx)60 kph 80 kph100 kph
C5 Southlink Expressway60 kph60 kph60 kph
Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX)60 kph80 kph80 kph
Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX)60 kph80 kph100 kph
Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway now Apolinario Mabini Super Highway60 kph80 kph100 kph
Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3MinimumMaximum
Buendia to Quirino Avenue60 kph80 kph
Quirino Avenue to NLEX60 kph
Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3MinimumMaximum
Buendia to Quirino Avenue60 kph80 kph
Quirino Avenue to NLEX60 kph

These speed limits are expected to be observed by everyone who uses the tolled expressways. After all, some expressways have certain areas where the lanes are narrower, so going faster or slower than the speed limit might be more dangerous.

Also, failure to follow the speed limits imposed in the tolled expressways would entail the same penalties for under-speeding and overspeeding imposed for such violations on regular roads mandated by the Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

list of speed limits in each philippine toll expressways

The TRB also added a note for the drivers which reads,

“Always remember to follow the Speed Limits on our Tollways to ensure Safety and to avoid Road Crashes, violators of under-speeding and over-speeding will be penalized (RA 4136). Always remember: Travel safe, Ride safe, Be safe.”

Source: Toll Regulatory Board

Summary

Speed limits are carefully assigned for specific parts of the road for a reason. That said, following not only the maximum mandated speed limits, but also the minimum speed limits even on tolled expressways will ensure that all the road users remain safe, even as they travel at a much faster speed than they would on regular roads.

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